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Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s

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"Reading this book revives the spirit of civic action today for those who are unjustifiably forlorn about overcoming injustice."—Ralph Nader


An on-the-ground history of ordinary Americans who took to the streets when political issues became personal

The 1960s are widely seen as the high tide of political activism in the United States. According to this view, Americans retrea
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Hill and Wang
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Dec 01, 2013 V rated it liked it
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A good corrective to the idea that post-1960s history was entirely about the ascendency of the right and the decline of the left. This book looks at environmental protests, women's rights protests, farmer's protests, and more during the 1970s and 1980s. A good overview of what was happening during those two decades.
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Sep 28, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very readable book that looks at grassroots activism in the 1970s and 1980s. Foley's trying to do a lot in the book, and his attempts to weave it together appear repetitive at time. But it is still overall well-written and well-argued and should be on the reading list of those seeking to build such movements today.
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